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  • Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties - Then and Now: Old Wine in New Bottles

    In 1861, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was faced with an insoluble dilemma. There was a war within the country's borders and southern rebellion imperiled the fate of the Union. Understanding that he held an awesome power as Commander in Chief of the nation, Lincoln acted in the way he saw best fit for the survival of the nation as a United States. Although grounded in the Constitution, Lincoln's acts were, in the eyes of many, extraordinary and unprecedented expansions of his executive authority; and in the eyes of some, extra-constitutional.